What sucks more than plodding along on the treadmill to get in your cardio? Nothing. Doing the same thing over, and over, and over again sucks! Its as bad as watching paint dry and it takes forever.You know, you’ve got to drive to the gym, go find a treadmill, do your hour, walk back to your car, and then drive all the way back home. It can take up to 2 hours to get in a 1 hour workout. Blah!
- Your hour on the treadmill is actually completely unnecessary
- You can get better results in 20 minutes
- You can get these better results (fat-loss and fitness) without ever leaving your home or investing $2,000 in a home treadmill
Who Says You Need An Hour On The Treadmill?
The idea that we need to do 30, 45 or 60 minutes of “cardio” to burn fat came from the observation that elite endurance athletes – marathoners, long distance cyclists, etc – are thin. Exercise “science” folks concluded (without ever doing a single experiment to back this up) that endurance athletes are thin because they do lots of endurance exercise.
This makes as much sense as saying that short guys should play more basketball to get taller. After all, elite basketball players are crazy tall, so they must be tall because they play ball.
Don’t you think that making obese guys run a marathon would be a great fat-loss program?
A team of Danish researchers though so too. They took a group of obese men and women and put them on an 18 month marathon training program. Here are the results for a year and a half of training + a 26.2 MILE race:
- Men lost 5 pounds total
- Women lost 0 (as is zero) pounds (1)
NO, they did NOT gain muscle. Running a marathon is the exact opposite type of exercise that you would do to gain muscle.
If you’d like more research on this, read this.
But, Don’t I Need To Run For My Heart?
No. Back in 1996 a Japanese researcher named Izumi Tabata showed that you could get BETTER fitness results with about 4 minutes of interval training than you could from 60 minutes of steady state endurance work.
He took two groups of athletes: one did a steady state endurance workout for 60 minutes, 5 days per week, and the other did a 4 minute workout consisting of 20 seconds of all-out effort, with 10 seconds rest (8 rounds). In 6 weeks, the interval group had a slightly better improvement in aerobic fitness AND WAY better anaerobic fitness.